Akodara becomes India’s first Digital Village

Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat has earned the coveted tag of becoming India’s first digital village.

The village with a total population of 1,191 people and 250 households uses a various cashless system for payments of goods and services. All transactions in the village are carried out through digital modes like SMS, net-banking or debit cards.

Key Facts

  • The village was adopted by ICICI Bank under its Digital Village Project in 2015 and made cashless by adopting digital technology.
  • The project was launched in January 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochar to mark 60-year-celebration of the ICICI group’s existence.
  • All households in village have savings account in local ICICI Bank branch. The bank has provided training to villagers to embrace digital technology to reduce dependence on cash.
  • The village has almost 100% financial rate and all mobile banking is done in Hindi, English and Gujarati languages. It also has its own official website.
  • The villagers’ most important transactions selling agri-produce at the local market or mandi or selling milk at the co-operative society have been made cashless.
  • It has primary, secondary and higher secondary schools equipped with smart boards, computers and tablets.
  • It can be said that this village has become prime example of how e-banking can be practically implemented in Indian villages without much difficulty to make India cashless economy.



Categories: Business, Economy & Banking




  • tarun das

    Woh digital village!

  • sanchita

    good result of our progress.

  • M Sethuraman

    Example village I hope Very shortly coming cashless economy. Good initiative for ICICI bank and positive cooperation for Akodara village people keep it up. Good show for this web site creator . Thanks

  • himanshu

    cashless economy help villagers to handle their cash with ease……..

  • Raju Dutta

    Thanks….so happy

  • Raju Dutta

    Good for information

  • adam

    just a poltical move of modi becoz gujrat is the only state where he has his influence .. theoraticaly what they say is true but practically go, see ,visit. hahahah